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Obama Scolding Elizabeth Warren Should Not Deflect Need for Real Debate Over Trade Pact

David Paul | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
David Paul

President Obama's stance on TPP is that Americans should trust him. But even for those who fundamentally support free trade, the experience of the last half-century is hard to square with the president's conviction.

Baltimore and the Lessons of Inequality

Harlan Green | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

There is no longer a majority of the middle class, which has been decimated most recently by the busted housing bubble, but over a much longer period by the loss of those jobs dominating the post WWII economy that migrated overseas and blighted cities and even suburbs as a consequence.

States Where The Middle Class Is Dying

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business

Click here to see the states where the middle class is dying. The American economy is by many measures well on the road to full recovery. The nati...

Globalization Helps the Rich & Asia While Hurting the Middle Class in the West. Here's What Can Be Done About It

Branko Milanovic | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Branko Milanovic

Globalization has mostly benefited the rich and the rising Asian middle class at the expense of the middle class in the West. The choice would seem either plutocracy and globalization -- or populism and a halt to globalization. Another solution would imply more substantial redistribution policies in the rich world.

How Income Inequality Is Affecting Most American Families

The New York Times | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of the...

Sobering News For The American Middle Class

The New York Times | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction....

Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class?

K. Ford K. | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
K. Ford K.

I began to feel I had slipped so low that I was no longer respected. I lost self confidence. I stopped talking about my writing. Soon nobody knew that I was a writer or that I'd ever gone to college. Nobody knew me. I became invisible.

Will Economic Inequality Undermine LGBT Equality?

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

As the American middle class contracts it is worth considering the ramifications this might have on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equality. Generally speaking, angry people going nowhere fast are less receptive to arguments in favor of minority rights

The Middle Class Problem Is Now an Emergency: Entrepreneurs, We Need You!

Jack Nadel | Posted 11.23.2013 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

If our nation's workforce is just barely scraping by, then who will buy our goods and services? Our GDP is bound to shrink unless we act swiftly to restore our middle class.

The Rise Of The 'Hispanic Yuppie'

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.27.2013 | Latino Voices

Latinos are becoming a powerful force in the American economy. A recent Nielson study identified the most influential segment of the population as "Up...

'Upscale Hispanics' Could Help Rebuild U.S. Middle Class

VOXXI | Kim Piston | Posted 07.29.2013 | Latino Voices

They’re being called the most influential segment since the baby boomers. They accounted for 29 percent of the overall Hispanic spend in 2012, a num...

Jan Diehm

LOOK: The Middle Class Is Disappearing | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

As President Obama continues his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunities Tour" in Mooresville, N.C., on Thursday, middle-class Americans continue to ex...

9 Middle-Class Jobs That Are On The Decline

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

It is getting harder to find a job that can support a middle-class lifestyle. That's because the recession and the subsequent recovery have been pa...

Why 700 Striking Health Care Workers in Washington Matter

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

Providence health workers are standing up, on behalf of all working people, to send a clear message that "normal" cannot be hardworking people being forced to decide whether they or their children get the health care they need while already rich CEOs get pay increases.

The Truth About the Middle Class

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

"The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class" by Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry argues that the stagnant middle class is a "myth." They are wrong. The truth is the middle class is not only stagnant but it is my fear that, without sustained and focused action, it is at risk of disappearing.

Defying Gravity: The History of 40 Years of Wealth Falling Up

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Dan Froomkin

Who stole the American Dream? The short answer to the question in the title of Hedrick Smith's new book is: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wal-Mart. But the longer answer is one heck of a story, told by one of the great journalists of our time.

Is The Middle Class Dying?

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.13.2012 | Money

There is an implicit promise in America that as long as you work hard, you can raise a family and lead a comfortable life. But is the U.S. keeping thi...

A New Report on the Middle Class

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The Pew Research Center just released a report worth a close look, called "The Lost Decade of the Middle Class."

Clues to the Heist of American Economy Found in 40-Year-Old Memo

Frances Causey | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Frances Causey

This "ideological marketing organization, " along with its clones, soon began pumping out free market propaganda that was peddled to the mainstream media on a daily basis. And wouldn't you know it-it soon became the dominant language of our politics and economics, with Ronald Reagan as its spokesman?

Arrow to the Heart of Inequality

Chad Stone | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Chad Stone

Our series of posts this week describing trends in income inequality has prompted a natural question: what has caused the sharp rise in inequality over the past three decades or so?

The Clash of the Middle Classes

Moisés Naím | Posted 10.05.2011 | World
Moisés Naím

Governments in the poorer countries are under enormous pressure to meet the booming demands of the new middle class while those of the richer nations are struggling to contain the fall in living standards of the existing bourgeoisie.

Return Of America's Middle-Class Underclass

BBC News | Paul Mason | Posted 09.28.2011 | Business

In The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck describes the harrowing journey of the Joad family - migrant workers forced to leave their home during the Grea...

Small, Median and Obscenely Large: There's Nothing Average About the Middle Class

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Tony Phillips

SAN DIEGO -- I live with my wife and a 13-year-old and while each of us is different, we do all agree on some fundamental issues. Here are three thing...

Save a Middle-Class Dream

Robert Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Many believe there would be no middle class if unions did not organize a third of the workforce after World War II, one of the most prosperous eras in the nation's history.

Laura Bassett

Middle Class Children Increasingly Relying On Public Programs, Report Finds | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Since the income gap between middle-class and wealthy families in the United States has grown by more than 50 percent since 1985, middle-class parents...